SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE

MORE STORMS COULD FIRE UP

Storms are expected to fire up again on Saturday afternoon.  The mix of high humidity and unstable conditions could set off another round of showers and thunderstorms, some of those having the chance to be severe.  Channel 3 Meteorologist Mike Cameron says although the storms are not expected to be as strong as they were Friday we could see some storms have heavy rain, strong winds and possibly some small hail.  The key ingredient: sunshine.   Cameron said the amount of sun we get will determine just how strong the storms are and how many pop up.  Cameron says that the storms will be scattered though and it won’t be a total washout and many towns may not see any rain.  So if you have outdoor plans don’t cancel them, but rather just keep an eye to the sky.

MALLOY SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER IN ABSENCE OF STATE BUDGET

Gov. Malloy signs executive order (WFSB)

Gov. Dannel Malloy said he is signing an executive order to give the state government moving forward. (WFSB )

HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) – The governor announced on Friday afternoon he signed an executive order in absence of state budget. Gov. Dannel Malloy said he signed the executive order to “ensure the continued, efficient operation of state government until a new, two-year state budget has been signed into law.” The executive order needed to be signed by July, which is the start of the fiscal year. The governor called it “a regrettable path” and one that he worked very hard to avoid. On Thursday, progress on passing a state budget was halted. Legislators came close to passing a mini-budget that would have sustained the state for the next quarter. It had bipartisan support from the Senate and Malloy was hopeful it would get to his desk. However, it stalled in the House, where Democrats there instead submitted a proposal of their own $40 billion two-year plan. That budget among other things called for a higher sales tax.

CT JUDGES TO GET RAISES

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he can’t stop scheduled pay raises for 178 Connecticut judges under his new executive order. The 3 percent increases will take effect Saturday. While Malloy and lawmakers had intended to put the raises on hold because of the state’s fiscal problems, they ultimately did not pass a new two-year budget or a stop-gap budget. The Democratic Malloy is now maintaining essential state services under his limited executive powers.

HIKER FALLS OFF CLIFF AT GILLETTE CASTLE STATE PARK

EAST HADDAM, CT (WFSB) – A hiker fell down a cliff at Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam on Friday evening.   The unidentified hiker fell about “30 feet down the side of a cliff,” according to a spokesperson from Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.  That hiker was found by EnCon Police along with Connecticut State Police and taken to Marlborough Middesex Clinic for “evaluation,” DEEP said. There was no word on the hiker’s condition.    EnCon Police are investigating the incident.

MAJOR DRUG BUST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Federal authorities in Connecticut say they have seized about 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of heroin and fentanyl and arrested 13 people.  The arrests and drug seizures on Thursday during raids at a dozen locations in Connecticut and western Massachusetts were the conclusion of a months-long investigation.  U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly in a statement said the drugs were packaged for sale in hundreds of thousands of small bags. Investigators also seized a quantity of horse tranquilizer often used as a heroin additive and seven guns.  Of the 13 people arrested, 10 were from Connecticut, two were from Massachusetts and one was from New Jersey.

RI BUDGET CUTS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island’s Senate has passed an amended $9.2 billion state budget plan, but it has no chance of passing the House, whose members were sent home earlier in the day by Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. Mattiello says he ended the session when learned the Senate planned to make the last minute change in language to block further increases in reimbursement to towns for lost car-tax revenue if state revenue drops.

WOODEN BOAT SHOW

Wooden Boat Show (Westerly Sun)

Wooden Boat Show (Westerly Sun)

MYSTIC, CT (WFSB) – The sound, the feel and the sense of history are what many say is appealing to them about wooden boats on the water. This weekend, a wooden boat show is being held at Mystic Seaport. The boat show has something for every boat enthusiast. One of the main attractions is the Viking Ship. The Viking Ship was built in 2010 and has traveled the original journey between Norway and Greenland and Newfoundland, The trip ended in Mystic with a crew of 34 people, so that many could see it. Along with the rowboats, sailboats and canoes, people can even build their own. The Wooden Boat Show continues in Mystic through Sunday. For more information, you can go here.

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